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Mac Apps: Cloak – Free VPN protection for WiFi away from home

CloakGood news..I have just adopted a MacBook Air 11..my very first Mac so, I can finally start looking at cool apps for the Mac OS X. I will be reviewing the air later on down the road. Since it is the travel season many of us will be connecting our MacBooks to strange WiFi Hotspots..most of them if not secure will be relatively safe..but all it takes is one bad one so Cloak is a Free VPN app that will protect data you transmit on a unsecured WiFi network.

Cloak

 

Cloak is a really simple Free VPN client that just works. It encrypts all your Internet traffic so other users on the same network can’t read your data. But Cloak does away with the typical VPN song and dance of  filling in a bunch of arcane server details and protocols—not to mention having to shop for and set up your own VPN service in the first place. With Cloak, you simply sign up for an account at GetCloak.com and install a little menu-bar utility.

Once you have completed that simple setup Cloak sits and waits until you sign into a unsecured network..one that doesn’t require a password..Then Cloak kicks in automatically connecting you through its servers and encrypting all you data to keep it from prying eyes. You can also name specific networks to always use or always not use Cloak..this works well for those unsecure WiFi Hotspots that do require a password.

If you are curious about the nuts and bolts, Cloak is based on OpenVPN and the company maintains a network of VPN servers around the world, using providers such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Linode, Zerigo, and Gandi.net. If you want more check out this technical document

Cloak is a free download as is the iPhone and iPad app. The actual service is free for 1Gb of data or 2 hours per month. $8.00/mo will get you 20Gb of data and unlimited time and $15 00 will get you 50Gb of data and unlimited time.

 

 

 

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Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

3 Comments
  • Mark Ackley

    Thanks for sharing this informative article.

    I just come across another good VPN for MAC. Check it out here: http://www.freevpnformac.com

    I found it useful for mac devices and its available in Free version as well. Let me know what do you think??

    July 25, 2012 at 1:20 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      That looks like it would be a god choice as well.Some pretty good features in the paid version as well.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Bob

      July 25, 2012 at 10:34 am Reply
  • www.getusvpn.com

    For me the best way to secure my wifi public hotspot connection is using the free usa vpn service from:

    http://www.getusvpn.com

    Speed testing can reach up to 5Mbit/s, pretty amazin!

    ENJOY!

    August 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm Reply

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